The Undiscovered Country

9781927356326: Paperback
Release Date: 1st April 2013

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 320

Series Cultural Dialectics

Athabasca University Press

The Undiscovered Country

Essays in Canadian Intellectual Culture

Paperback / £33.00

In this sequence of essays, Ian Angus engages with themes ofidentity, power, and the nation as they emerge in contemporary EnglishCanadian philosophical thought, seeking to prepare the groundwork for acritical theory of neoliberal globalization. The essays are organizedinto three parts. The opening part offers a nuanced critique of theHegelian confidence and progressivism that has come to dominateCanadian intellectual life. Through an analysis of the work of severalprominent Canadian thinkers, among them Charles Taylor and C. B.Macpherson, Angus suggests that Hegelian frames of reference areinadequate, failing as they do to accommodate the fact of EnglishCanada’s continuing indebtedness to empire. The second partfocuses on national identity and political culture, including the roleof Canadian studies as a discipline, adapting its critical method toCanadian political culture. The first two parts culminate in thepositive articulation, in Part 3, of author’s own conception, onethat is at once more utopian and more tragic than that of the first twoparts. Here, Angus develops the concept of locative thought—thethinking of a people who have undergone dispossession, “of apeople seeking its place and therefore of a people that has not yetfound its place.”

Ian Angus is currently professor of humanities atSimon Fraser University. He has written several books on contemporaryphilosophy and communication, as well as on English Canadian social andpolitical thought, among them A Border Within: National Identity,Cultural Plurality and Wilderness and Identity and Justice. He is also the author of the more popularly orientedEmergent Publics: An Essay on Social Movements and Democracyand Love the Questions: University Education andEnlightenment. He lives in East Vancouver with his wife anddaughter.